SkillUp | June 09, 2022
On June 8th, the SkillUp coalition, an alliance of employers, training providers, and non-profits, unveiled a newly redesigned skilling and career exploration platform to enable the American workforce on their upskilling journey. The launch includes a complete upgrade of the programs catalog and local and national employer networks with jobs that offer practical training and career coaching.
SkillUp has been supporting around 850,000 users since July 2020. With user feedback, worker surveys and market research, SkillUp took to redesigning the user experience.
The new user experience includes:
An emphasis on in-demand jobs that offer a gateway to a good wage without requiring a 4-year degree, and provides high career growth potential.
A brand new training program catalog, linking workers to career pathways across five industries (business, medical, information technology, skilled trades and supply chain & logistics) through 400 vetted programs. Training program partners undergo a rigorous program analysis considering their wraparound services, completion rates, length of programs, and post-program placement rates.
A sleek, visual user interface and new functionalities including sorting and filtering by cost, program duration, format (online, hybrid, local), highest graduation rates, location, industry and more.
Quick links to "Earn & Learn" jobs, helping workers access opportunities that connect them to employers who offer jobs with training opportunities, full-time benefits, and commitment to helping employees grow professionally.
Simple access to free weekly group coaching hosted in partnership with InsideTrack, as well as financial and life resources.
"SkillUp is working to support the greater good at scale by being both data-driven and heart-led. We have vetted feedback from thousands of SkillUp users, as well as leveraged behavioral metrics from tens of thousands of Skillup.org visitors to develop our new experience. By putting information into the hands of workers, we promote a sense of agency, respect and ownership, which drives both career and personal fulfillment."
- Steven Lee, Executive Director
"I knew what I needed to do was tap into my passion, which is technology, but I didn't know what kind of technical careers were available to me, SkillUp has shown me how to leverage the skills I already had so that I can find the right IT career for me."
-Samia, a Brooklyn-based worker
Unum Technology Solutions | June 24, 2022
In response to the evolving needs of employees in a cutthroat talent market, Unumoffers a range of technologically advanced solutions. Support for employees' mental health and employee recruitment and retention are two of the top HR concerns in the workplace, according to recent Unum research.
According to Unum research, more over half (56%) of American workers reported feeling mentally ill. According to Polly Nicholas, SVP Unum Solutions, the company is at the forefront of assisting workers when they require time off from work and saving employers' time when handling benefit administration.
"Unum has always been an organization that helps the working world thrive throughout life's moments. When you consider what the world has gone through in the last few years, now, more than ever, we are in a profound sort of touchstone for how we can show up for people."
- Polly Nicholas, SVP Unum Solutions
"Our internal data shows there was a 37% growth in Unum disability claims paid and 55% increase in leaves administered. When you couple that with the national conversation around leave, mental and financial wellness, our portfolio of solutions can provide meaningful support for America's workers and businesses," Nicholas commented further.
Businesses benefit from Unum's service and technological solutions as they adapt to the needs of a changing workforce. The range of online services include:
Support Time Away: Unum Total Leave and Unum Leave Logic offer simple-to-use tools for managing and planning leaves of absence, elevating the employee experience and providing reliable data for HR.
Integrate HR Systems: To ensure seamless setup, management, and access, Unum HR Connect may be integrated with the best HRIS suppliers.
Enhance Workforce Wellness: Unum Behavioral Health gives employees more access to individualized experiences and gives businesses resources to lessen the stigma associated with mental illness.
RECRUITMENT & RETENTION
Cornerstone | July 05, 2022
Cornerstone OnDemand, Inc., a leader in adaptive HR solutions, announced the appointment of Carina Cortez as Chief People Officer, effective July 1, 2022. Cortez will be responsible for leading Cornerstone’s global HR teams in support of Cornerstone’s commitment to creating a work environment that inspires individual growth and collective success.
With a heightened focus on continuous skill building, learning opportunities and tools needed to power the future-ready workforce, Cortez will oversee all strategic HR functions, including Talent Acquisition, HR Operations and Systems, Diversity and Inclusion, Compensation and Benefits, People Business Partners, Learning & Development, Organizational Effectiveness and Employee Experience.
Cortez brings more than 20 years of global HR and people operations experience to Cornerstone, including a deep understanding of what it takes to successfully connect people growth with business success. Her passion for learning and development and innovative approach to addressing business needs and strategic challenges has allowed her to produce creative, effective and sustainable solutions throughout the course of her career. Prior to joining Cornerstone, Cortez held a number of key leadership positions for some of today’s most distinguished brands, including her most recent position as Chief People Officer for Glassdoor, where she was responsible for leading the company’s people functions, including Strategic HR, Talent Acquisition, Culture Management, Learning and Development, DEI and more. Cortez also held HR leadership positions at Ellie Mae, Walmart eCommerce, PayPal and Visa.
“Carina is a dynamic leader with the right skills to help us in our relentless pursuit to reimagine the world of work,” said Himanshu Palsule, Cornerstone Chief Executive Officer.
“Carina is a dynamic leader with the right skills to help us in our relentless pursuit to reimagine the world of work,” said Himanshu Palsule, Cornerstone Chief Executive Officer. “She brings with her extensive experience across a multitude of strategic HR functions and a strong understanding of the unique needs of today’s workforce. She has a long-standing track record of creating innovative, holistic HR solutions and exceptional employee experience. Her passion for people growth and empowerment aligns seamlessly with our mission here at Cornerstone, and she will be a tremendous asset as we continue to develop and enhance our unique culture, strengthen our core values and support the growth of our people.”
“The success of any company starts with its people, and it is a privilege to join an organization like Cornerstone that stands firm in its commitment to putting employees first and creating both solutions and a broader atmosphere that allows for every individual to thrive,” said Cortez. “My goal has always been to help people become their best, most fulfilled selves at work, while creating impactful solutions that propel business growth. I’m thrilled to bring my experience and unique perspective here to Cornerstone and to continue building upon what is already an incredibly engaged, inclusive and progressive culture.”
Cortez holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in HR Management from California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo and is working towards her Master’s degree in Diversity and Inclusion Leadership from Tufts University.
Cornerstone powers the future-ready workforce with adaptive HR solutions designed to unite technology, data and content and inspire a work environment of growth, agility and success for all. With an AI-powered, skills-forward, experiential system designed for the contemporary workforce, we help organizations modernize their learning and development experience, deliver the most relevant content from anywhere, accelerate talent and career mobility and establish skills as the universal language of growth and success across their business. Cornerstone serves over 6,000 customers and 75M users and is available in 180 countries and 50 languages.